Bike Trails

Are you looking for an excellent resource for where to ride in the area? Well, look no further! Explore 29 mountain biking options below. Better yet, stop by Pedal Forward Bikes & Adventure, and we’ll personally recommend where you should ride based on your skill level.

We recommend using the Trailforks app to help you navigate these trails, as most of the trails below can be found on Trailforks. Visit https://www.trailforks.com for more information or download the app to your smartphone or tablet.


Goat Mountain – Lookout Road – 7S23

Goat Mountain – Lookout Road

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Green

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running – Horseback Riding

A great way to access the top of Goat Mountain and the Goat Mountain Fire Tower.

Directions: From Oakhurst, follow the road to North Fork 42 and pass Road 222 to Bass Lake and continue straight. Pass the fire station and Hidden Meadows Road, and you’ll find a fire road on your left. There is a green gate where the trail begins.

Overview: This is a long steady fire road climb with a rewarding vista at the top. At the first intersection, you can decide to go left and reach the top of Goat Mountain, which is a very steep trail, or go down on the Goat Mountain single-track “Ninja.” If you do that, you’ll need a ride to get your car from the other side of the mountain.

To reach the Lookout point, turn right at this intersection. Follow the fire road to the lookout tower and be mentally prepared for a steep climb. As you ride up you will pass a few small pretty meadows before reaching the lookout tower.

Reaching the top is a good challenge that will be rewarded with amazing views. Enjoy the views and get ready for a fast fire road decent back to your car. Keep in mind that this trail connects with Goat Mountain Trail and Spring Cove Trail so you can make an alternate route on those trails. In the spring there can be annoying gnats. It’s a great idea to buy a mosquito net from Pedal Forward Bikes & Adventure to wear on your head.


Goat Mountain – Ninja

Goat Mountain – Ninja

Distance: 2.6 miles – This is just the distance of the trail Ninja.

Difficulty: Blue   

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running – Horseback Riding

Trail Video: CLICK HERE

Goat Mountain Trail is part of a 7-mile loop located at Bass Lake. The ride offers scenic views of Shuteye Peak at the top and is a good challenge for all skill levels. The trailhead is at the top/back of the Forks Campground, which is adjacent to the Forks Resort. The trail can be climbed (quite challenging) or ridden as the traditional loop which takes riders up to the Goat Mountain saddle. From the saddle, riders can go left and descend the trial or continue right and venture all the way to the Goat Mountain Fire Lookout tower. There you will enjoy a 360 degree Sierra views from the top.

The Goat Mountain Trail’s upper section has a couple of fun, rocky, technical sections and eventually takes riders to a junction where you can go right down Spring Cove Trail or left down the “Ninja” section of Goat Mountain. Spring Cove is a fun, fast descent with a few rocky switchbacks. The “Ninja” single-track is a fast and “flowy” ribbon of single-track hugging the side of goat mountain. Although this is a “blue” trail, be aware that there are a few tricky rocky sections. Take cation if it’s your first time riding this trail in those sections. Additionally, there is a steep fall line on the right of the single-track and the edge of the trail can be soft in mid to late summer.


Goat Mountain – Spring Cove Trail

Goat Mountain – Spring Cove

Distance: 2 miles – This is just the distance of the Spring Cove Trail.

Difficulty: Blue   

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running – Horseback Riding 

Spring Cove Trail intersects with Goat Mountain Trail at the only junction on the single-track and can be descended as an alternative to the “Ninja” section of Goat Mountain. If you descend this way, you can pedal back along the road if you’ve parked at The Forks. Otherwise, it’s an arduous climb back up with a couple of technical sections. However, you’ll be rewarded in kind by the “flowy” lower “Ninja” section of Goat Mountain.

If you are descending Spring Cove Trail, be aware as there are a handful of spots on the lower half where the trail crosses a fire road. The trail always starts back on your left side, so pay close attention to the tracks of those who have ridden before you.

Spring Cove is a great trail that can be used as part of a long ride in conjunction with Goat Mountain Trail and 007 by taking the road past Miller’s Landing and crossing the dam.


007 First Section

007 first

Distance: 2 miles – This only the distance of the 007 First section.

Difficulty: Blue – Several sections should be consider black – Use caution

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running – Horseback Riding (Not Recommended)

Trail Video: CLICK HERE

007 (First) is a fast and exhilarating descent. It flows very well except for the rut at the bottom. There are a couple of rock gardens which you should carefully navigate the first time you ride it to pick the line that best suits your skill level. The erosion ruts toward the bottom of this section of the trail pose some tight lines that require precision. The trail offers many different lines providing options to avoid jumps and drops. These drop can come up on you quickly when riding fast so be prepared. Be sure to watch out for the occasional dirt bikes.


007 Second Section

007 second

Distance: 1 mile – This only includes 007 Second section

Difficulty: Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking

007 (Second) This trail has three trailheads. The first trail connects with the Octopussy trail with a “flowy” connection to the rock gardens. The second trail starts at the proline, and the third trail that continues after the 007 third section is a long and chunky rock garden. It’s not too steep, so carrying speed is a must through the rocks. This will challenge intermediate riders but is a lot of fun for experienced riders. The trail splits towards the end. Taking a right at the fork will take you back to the fire road by the lookup point of the lake. Taking a left the trail will bring you to a technical trail that connects with 007 First. Note you have to cross the fire road, so be aware of traffic coming up the road before you cross. There are no drops or jumps; however it is very rocky.


007 Third Section

007 Third

Distance: 1 mile

Difficulty: Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking

007 (Third) has a bit of climbing at the beginning with some great flowing singletrack in the middle with berms and switchbacks. The end of this trail has a very steep and technical rock garden called the waterfall. 


Octopussy Trail

Octopussy

Distance: 0.5

Difficulty: Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking

An alternative to the 3rd section of 007, this route is more direct down to Central Camp Road and offers approximately 150′ more elevation drop. Octopussy starts out with a wide-open, fast descent. Then the fun begins when the trail becomes more challenging with some tight turns leading to a rock garden filled with big boulders and rock ledges. There are multiple lines to choose from, with some being more challenging than others. First-timers should stop here and carefully consider their line of choice. From this point, the trail turns fast and flowy with some high-speed sections and jumps, natural berms, and rocky sections that quickly sneak up on you as you make your way down to Central Camp Road. From there, you can head back up to the top of 007 3rd for another lap, take the proline, or continue straight across the road on the cutoff trail that links up with 007 Second 2nd below the rock garden.


Pro-Line Trail

Pro-line

Distance: 0.2 miles

Difficulty: Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking

Pro-line is a short connector to avoid part of the rock garden with baby heads; this section starts with a steep drop with a left turn that continues to the 007 2nd section. Note that loose gravel should be expected on dry days at the top.


007 4th, 5th, & 6th

007 (Fourth):

Distance: 0.62 Miles

Difficulty: Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking

007 (Fourth) is a mix of climbing and descending that includes one elevator shaft pitch up and a granite creek crossing. The trail ends with a fun flowing descent with some pump-track-style bumps and crosses Francis Junction to the top of 007 (Third).

007 (Fifth):

Distance: 2 Miles

Difficulty: Blue

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking

007 (fifth) is a mix of granite slab riding, steep rock gardens, and fast, flowy, single-track with a lot of steep climbing sections

007 (sixth):

Distance: 0.46 Miles

Difficulty: Blue

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking

007 (Sixth) is Service Road 6S42E which connects 7 Mile Junction (Shuteye OHV Road) with the top of the 5th section of 007


Graham Dome -6S06E

Graham Dome

Distance: 1.3 Miles

Difficulty: Blue

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

Graham Dome can be added to the three sections of the 007 ride and provides a granite dome overlook of Bass Lake below. The fire road cut through picturesque meadows and creeks; when you climb up to the top of the dome is a good spot for a picnic or just rest after the climb.


Blind Squirrel

Distance: 2.85 Miles

Difficulty: Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

Blind Squirrel is a hidden gem of the Sierras and has some very unique features similar to what you might find in Sadona or Utah as you are ridding on a vast white granite dome with spectacular views. This trail can be challenging to find, so give yourself plenty of extra time or ride with someone familiar with the trail. 

The ride begins with a climb from Central Camp road and then connects with fire road 7S02. 7S02 will take you to a fork where you will turn right 0nto an open fire road with a view of shuteye peak on your back. From there, there are two trailheads. One trailhead is located down the road to the right of the information sign. This way includes an intense climb. The other trailhead is located before the information sign. Look for the cairns on the right of the trail, which will take you in between enormous boulders that lead you to the top of the main trail. From there, follow the cairns. As previously stated, we recommend riding with somebody that knows the trail because it has several unique features that you will miss.

The trail continues into the Lost Forest Trail that leads to a fire road, take a right, and you will end up on a crazy 45-degree climb. Here you’ll need to walk your bike unless you’re a beast. From there, you will be riding on the top of a granite slab with amazing views and a steep rock slab downhill that connects to Brown Creek Trail. 

Enjoy the incredible 360 degrees views and a fun place to explore but follow the trail map to avoid getting lost. You won’t ever forget your Blind Squirrel experience.


Skyfall Trail

Skyfall

Distance: 1.18 Miles

Difficulty: Double Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

Skyfall begins just before your reach Shuteye Peak. At 7,544 ft. Shuteye Peak is the highest elevation in the area, and you access this trail from the 4×4 road 6S59 all the way to the top. Climbing this road will take you to the peak with 360 views. If you hike or ride, the fire watch guy will have you sign the “guest book” and share water with you. From there, you have to be ready to traverse down from 7,544 ft. on loose rock/dirt, technical sections, and a rock slab until you hit the dirt under the trees, where the trail becomes flowy and fun.


LumberJack and LoJack Trail

LumberJack and LoJack

Distance: 3 Miles

Difficulty: Black

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

Lumberjack is a “flowy” high elevation trail with excellent dirt and shady trees, offering a North Shore trail feel without the wood features. Begin at Beasore road where you will descend from 7,000′ to 5,500′. At the end of LoJack, both trails are connected by fire road 6S08 Grays mountain; carefully follow a map, and if it is your first time or better yet, go with somebody that knows the trail, because the locals hide the trail to avoid dirt bikers.


Mary Jane Trail

Mary Jane

Distance: 2 Miles

Difficulty: Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

When this trail was being built, the trail builders stumbled upon a pot farm. Legend has it that the “farmer” reroute this trail to avoid his garden, and now this trail has become one of the most iconic trails in this area. The trail begins after “moonrock” or from fire road 6S88. This single track is a face rock and rock slab with excellent features such as drops, bowls, rolls with amazing views of Bass Lake. This trail goes from a steep rock slab into the forest, where it turns flowy and loose depending on what time of the year you are riding. The trails end by the Willow creek fire road 7582, and from there, you have two choices: take the fire road back to Bass Lake or go down and cross the creek and start the technical climb to willow Creek Trail, if you are already here, you might as well check willow. 

Note: a seasonal bridge (log) is usually available to cross the creek; if not, you will need to get a little bit wet. Ask us to find out if the season bridge exists.


Willow Creek Trail

Willow Creek

Distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

Willow Creek is a double black diamond downhill trail for full-suspension bikes only with at least 130 mm of travel. It follows Willow Creek down from the high country above Bass Lake, California. This trail is one long adrenalin rush from top to bottom, and you must stay very focused on the terrain ahead of you. This trail is only recommended for advanced riders as you will encounter a wide variety of technical spots that require a high degree of skill. If it is your first time riding this trail, be sure to take it easy and watch for the technical areas and the hikers. Willow Creek trail offers a mix of flow, technical, and rock features, including a steep rock slab at the end. Enjoy the ride and afterward experience some of the best swimming holes in the Bass Lake area and take in the beautiful waterfalls and the views.


Grayard of The Giants

Graveyard of The Giants 

Distance: 4 Miles

Difficulty: Blue

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

The Graveyard of The Giants is one of the few trails in California where you can ride right among giant sequoias. To reach the trailhead ride up Jackson Road, which is adjacent to Tenaya Lodge. Next, head south on service road 5S18, which is a moderate climb for a mile; you will find the trailhead on the left side of the service road. From there, you will have to climb a section called “the Everest.” The Everest is only 350′ of climbing; however, the conditions quite challenging. Once you made it past this section, you will start riding in sequoia territory. Enjoy the ride all the way down to Nelder Grove and then go for a ride to the chimney tree and bull buck tree.

Note: Conditions of the trail are very loose due to the last fire in the area; take precautions while riding.


Chimney Tree & Bull Buck Trail

Chimney Tree & Bull Buck 

Distance: 1.5 Miles

Difficulty: Blue & Green

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running 

Note that Chimney Tree is considered a blue trail and Bull Buck is green. However, there are some features that you have to be aware of, such as a few big steps on the way back from the chimney tree. After that, the trail is “flowy” and pleasant. This is a beautiful ride to enjoy with the family and also an excellent addition after riding the Graveyard of the Giants. The Chimney trail connects with the Bull Buck trail, which takes you to one of the most enormous sequoias in the area. Take your time and enjoy these majestic trees.


Lewis Creek South (black Diamond) Lewis Creek (Blue)

Lewis creek south 

Distance: 1 mile

Difficulty: Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

This trail is considered a double black diamond. It is steep with steps and is downhill all the way to the waterfalls. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and rest next to the creek. This trail ends in the Cedar Valley area; if you are hiking, it is good to hike from the Cedar Valley trailhead. Bikers are recommended to shuttle because it is not a good climb back to the trailhead. 

Lewis creek 

Distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Blue

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

This trail is a fun trail to ride next to the creek and perfect for an XC ride or developing beginner skills, with few technical climbs and the chance to take a dip in pools near the waterfall. Lewis Creek is also a beautiful trail for hiking and a picnic.


Devils Peak – Signal Peak Lookout Tower

Devils Peak – Signal Peak Lookout Tower

Distance: 24.4 miles 

Difficulty: Green

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

There is a lot to explore in this area with dirt roads that connect Fish Camp to Mariposa and Yosemite National Park (Wawona). Overall, this out-and-back trail starts with a steady climb from Fish Camp, then the road goes downhill two miles downhill and then continues a long climb to the top.

There are just a few turns that you have to do to get to the top along County Road 17 (Summit Road)Tenmile Grade (4S04), and Devil’s Peak Summit Road #4S31. Follow the maps and the trees marked with white arrows; you will be fine.

This ride is an excellent workout with a rewarding view and a cool downhill ride on the defunct moto trails Chowchilla Trail (21E340) and Mountain Trail (21E248). On the way back, reserve some energy for the two miles uphill to Fish Camp. Grab a hamburger and a beer at Tenaya Lodge that is just across the street.


Biledo Meadow – July

Biledo Meadow 

Distance: 6 miles 

Difficulty: Green

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running – Horseback Riding

Biledo Meadow is challenging to find. You will find some cabins and some old mining equipment. It is a high elevation area with flowers and incredible views. You can begin from Mount Raymond Rd and park in Goat Meadow or anywhere from there, depending on how many miles would like to ride or hike. We recommend parking anywhere before Long meadow because the last mile after Long meadow is a little bit tricky to drive in a vehicle. 


Raymond Mountain / Star lakes

Distance: 10 miles

Difficulty: Green

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running – ATV

Check out this trail if you’re ready for a long ride with long climbs? Parking at goat Meadow is a solid 20 miles going up and down. Same as Biledo Meadow, you can park closer according to how many miles you would like to ride/hike. You will ride/hike or drive the Big Creek Rd 055048 all the way to the OHV road 22E203 Star Lakes. Once on this trail, take the trail on your left for Star Lakes, and you are only 3 miles to the top of Raymond mountain. The elevation is 8,600′ and has 360-degree views of Yosemite, Half Dome from outside Yosemite National Park.


Hensley Lake Trail

Hensley Lake (Buck Ridge Loop)

Distance: 5 Miles

Difficulty: Green with some Blue and Black Diamond Features

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running – Horseback Riding

Hensley Lake is fun to ride, fast and with good climbs. Local riders have developed some nice features like optional drops, jumps, and rock rolls that make this park interesting for all the skill levels. The features are not sanctioned by the park but have made the riding more exciting. Hensley is best to rid in the fall, winter and spring as it is very hot in the summer. Because the trial can be somewhat sandy, it is excellent to ride the day after it rains. We recommend staying on the trail that meanders next to the lake to enjoy all the fun features and avoid a few annoying climbs.


Exchequer Mountain Bike Park

Exchequer Mountain Bike Park

Difficulty: Green, Blue, Black Diamond, Double Black Diamond

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking

Exchequer is only one and a half hours from Oakhurst, and it is a wonderful, well-maintained, and organized Bike park, with more than 11 trails for all the skill levels. Click HERE to visit their website.


San Joaquin River Trail

San Joaquin River Trail, Well barn, Leap loop

Distance: 21 Miles One Way

Difficulty: Green

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

The San Joaquin River Trail, also called the SJRT, is a long-distance hiking trail from Millerton Lake to Devil’s Postpile. The trail meanders along the San Joaquin River.
It is famous for the “Big Sandy Race.” The trail takes a lot of stamina due to a total climb of 4,143 ft. The trail connects to Leap Loop that you access by crossing a bridge that adds another 6.5 miles for 21 miles one way. Another option is to ride this trail from Wellborn, which will cut the distance in half and adds some local single-track trails like BobCat.


Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

Over 12 miles of paved bike paths are available in Yosemite Valley (speed limit is 15 mph). Also, bicyclists can ride on regular roads (if they obey traffic laws). Helmets are required by law for children under 18 years of age. E-bikes with two or three wheels, fully operable pedals, and electric motors less than 750 watts (1 horsepower) are allowed everywhere bicycles are permitted.

Off-trail riding and mountain biking, and motorized scooters on bike paths are not permitted in Yosemite National Park.


Tesoro Viejo Trail

Tesoro Viejo Trails

Distance: Over 14 Miles

Difficulty: Green

Trail Usage: Mountain Biking – Hiking – Trail Running

More than 14 miles of trails suitable for walking, jogging and biking lead you through the
natural landscape of Tesoro Viejo. This is a wonderful trail network ideal for families and developing riders. In the summer, on every other Sunday the community hosts a wonderful farmers market. You can also grab a bit to eat at Axes Coffee Bar & Eatery located at “The Hub.” Trails are open from dawn to dusk and dogs are welcome. Click HERE to view a trail brochure.